New Delhi: Arjun Tendulkar, son of former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, has withdrawn from the upcoming Mumbai T20 League. The left-arm pacer as reported by the Times of India is working on his remodelled action and thus has deiced against featuring in the league. Mumbai T20 League will take place from March 11 to 21 and interestingly, Tendulkar is its brand ambassador. Also Read - Kozhikode Plane Crash: Virat Kohli to Rohit Sharma, How Cricket Fraternity Reacted After Air India Flight Mishap in Calicut | POSTS
“His body has grown very quickly in the last couple of years – you can see the difference in his growth almost every couple of months, and perhaps as a result of that, has suffered two back-to-back stress fractures, which saw him ruled out for almost a year. He’s gone through a lot. Every ball of his is monitored by his coach Atul Gaikwad, a Pune based-coach-cum-bio-mechanist, who has been working closely on his bowling action,” a source was quoted as saying by the TOI. Also Read - Air Travel Latest News: British Airways Announces Flights to London From These 4 Cities From August 17
“From January 8, Arjun has been working on his bowling action. This is the time to do it since the season has just finished. Right now, he’s at a stage where he’s looking to remodel his action. He was slightly confused that would he have bowled with a new action or stick to the old one, if he had played, and consulted his father about it. He felt that it would be too soon to bowl with a remodelled action, because he hadn’t even started bowling properly (with the new action),” said the source. Also Read - Mumbai Rains: IMD Issues Red Alert For Wednesday, Heavy Rainfall Till Thursday in Pune, Nashik
Meanwhile, Tendulkar felt that Arjun was not tournament ready and should take one set at a time. “Tendulkar advised that if he wasn’t ready to compete, then he shouldn’t play in the league. The batting great felt that the tournament was a stage for him to perform, and not rectify his action. For him, it was important that Arjun takes one step at a time, and plays only when he’s confident about his new action. Arjun is after all, just 18, and has a long way to go. He then informed the MCA officials today about it,” the source explained.
“It was a big decision, since he had a good season (he picked up two five-wicket hauls and a four-for in the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy). Tendulkar himself is satisfied with his progress,” the source added.